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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Ordered to Surrender


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ISLAMABAD (PTI) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave a “last chance” to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to surrender and appear before it on September 10 for hearing in a corruption case against him, according to media reports.

Sharif, 70, has been in London since November last year after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go abroad for four weeks for treating a heart disease and an immune system disorder. The three-time premier was sentenced to seven years in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. Sharif’’s lawyer, declared his client was not medically fit to return to Pakistan and a related petition was pending in the Lahore High Court.

The Pakistan government has already declared Sharif an “absconder” and approached the UK government for his extradition. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar last week said Sharif’s four-week bail on medical grounds had expired in December last year. Akbar said the government would task the National Accountability Bureau to pursue Sharif’s extradition

In a recent interview with ARY News, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government “regretted” the decision to lift the ban on Sharif.

In May, a picture of Sharif having tea at a London cafe along with his family went viral on social media, sparking a debate on the seriousness of his health condition. The government came under further criticism when last week Sharif’s photos surfaced online, showing him strolling in a street, prompting calls from within the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to bring him back.

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